For most Milwaukee County homeowners, spring, and certainly summer, is the finale is close … of fireplace season, that is.
Most homeowners in Milwaukee County close the flue for good in March or early April. Before doing so, ask yourself: Isn’t this a great time to ensure the chimney is good to go for October or November, when the fireplace is relit?
Yes, for 100 reasons beyond the typical precautions of chimney safety and maintenance.
Through April 18 – yes, Tax Day – Quality Fireplace will waive the $100 trip charge for a preventive maintenance chimney scan at your Milwaukee County home in Milwaukee County. Unlike Uncle Sam, the certified, experienced specialists at Quality Fireplace want to leave more cash in your pocket.
A chimney scan is wise for many reasons. Locating excessive creosote accumulation can prevent a dangerous chimney fire. Identifying cracks or gaps in flue tiles allows repairs before the problem worsens and becomes more expensive. The National Fire Protection Association advises yearly chimney inspections for houses with wood-burning fireplaces.
A chimney scan employs a video camera to record a 360-degree record of your chimney’s state. If areas of concern are found, you’ll receive the photos via e-mail. You’ll also get an estimate for fixing the issue; a chimney liner is usually the easiest, most cost-effective solution.
A chimney’s interior has to be mostly clean for the scan to work. A quick visual check will find if your chimney needs sweeping; if so, the price for chimneys in Milwaukee County is $199 to sweep masonry chimneys, and $150 for prefab structures.
The complete process of scanning and sweeping, if necessary a chimney can take a couple hours. Afterward, you’ll rest easy knowing your chimney is prepared for fall fireplace usage; if fix-ups or maintenance are advised, you’ll know the cost and extent.
Some might term this “peace of mind.” Add in the $100 trip charge savings, and “piece of cake” comes to mind, too. After all, who couldn’t use an extra hundred bucks around Tax Day?
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